The temples of Thailand are all unique in it’s own way and they all are truly a feast for the eyes and brings peace to one’s mind. The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one such unique Theravada Buddhist temple due to the fact you have to be prepared for climbing 309 steps reach this magnificent temple. The temple is right outside the northern Thai city of Chaing Mai atop a hill called Doi Suthep. The temple has a mesmerizing view of the city of Chiang Mai.
The hike up the flight of staircase is very pleasant with trees covering the path and Buddha statues all along it. Once you reach the top, the astonishing temple will capture your heart with its architecture and intricate details. The view all around the temple is truly a treat for the eyes. The astonishing view also adds to the spiritual aura this temple exudes. The picturesque view and temple is also a photographer’s dream.
The legend of the temple revolves around a monk named Sumanethera from Sukhothai retrieved a relic believed to be a part of Lord Buddha’s shoulder bone. When Sumanethera approa the King Nu Naone of the Lanna Kingdom, he ordered that the bone be tied to a White Elephant who was then set free. The white elephant is believed to have climbed up Doi Suthep and dropped dead on the site of the temple.
The temple has an original copper plated chedi which is considered to be the most holy area of the temple complex. Paintings and statues are depicting Buddha and other Hindu gods. The temple complex contains many statues, bells, pagodas, shrines and even a museum. The temple also has a model of the Emerald Buddha and a wondrous statue of Lord Ganesha. The temple has a very big influence from Hinduism and India.
The best time to visit the temple is during the morning and tourists will have to pay a very minimal fee for visiting. When visiting the temple foreigners should be dressed decently, Every tourist visiting Thailand should visit this spectacular temple.